Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Canning Jar Trick

You know when you take out that amazing jar of jam or other delicious canned item and then put the ring with the lid back on and the next time you get it out it sticks to the jar and you have to try and pry it off!? Yaaaa, not my favorite thing either! I always make a big mess!:p 
Well, my mother in-law shared a great tip to keep the lid from sticking/sealing shut!
It's as simple as flipping the lid upside down! 

Now why didn't I think of that!? 
When I took her jam out to use it I just thought someone made a mistake, but was informed that is was a brilliant way to save me a LOT of cursing because I flipped jam all over! (Admit it! You've done it before!) :) 

So there you have it! Flip the lid once you've opened your canned items and save yourself some frustration!:)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Indoor hop scotch!

Our winter bored buster! Masking tape or painters tape on the carpet or floor to make hop scotch indoors!


Thought I'd share a little Thanksgiving yumminess! 

All we do for our turkey is mix softened butter (I used 3 sticks but 2 is plenty) and mix in spices with your butter like salt, pepper, garlic powder, sage, rosemary and whatever else you feel like. Then just grab a handful and shove under the skin of the turkey and on top. Then shove into a turkey bag and follow bag instructions.
We used a large electric crockpot type thing to bake our turkey which only take like 2.5-3 hrs to cook! 
Then add 1/4 cup flour to each cup of turkey broth and you have a yummy gravy! 
My bro and sis in-law brought the BEST green bean  casserole EVER too!

We had some family over and just enjoyed some yummy food and great company!

I'd love to see what yummy things you made this year!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Loaded Potato Soup

So I have a craving for some potatoe soup so I whipped this recipe up!
Only I did things a little differently according to what I had on hand. I will put my ingredients then the original recipe following with the instructions. 

4-5 small potatoes peeled and sliced
2-4 carrots sliced 
2 handfuls of cheese (and some for top if you want)
1 lb bacon chopped
1/2 an Onion or minced or onion powder (I used a sprinkle of onion powder)
2 cups heavy cream (or you can add 1 cup cream and 1/2 cup sour cream with a 1/4 of milk like I used)
1 can (1-2 cups) chicken or veggie stock (I used 1 can chicken broth)
1/4 cup or a little less? flour. I just sprinkled the 1/4 cup until it looked about right.
And chopped celery ( i used a sprinkle of celery seed)
Some salt& pepper to taste

And if you want to be "sneaky" you can put cauliflower or squash purée (i used 1 jar squash baby food)!

I added a little bit of left over chopped up grilled chicken breast to the mix too.

Here's my picture:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Carnation Café at Disneyland Park

Here's where I got the above picture and following recipe:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Serves 6

1 pound bacon, roughly chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
3/4 cup diced celery
4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 medium red potatoes, diced
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 cups heavy whipping cream
Optional garnishes: chopped chives, bacon bits, sour cream, shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese

  1. In a 6- to 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving half for garnish. In bacon fat, cook onions, carrots, and celery until the onions are translucent. Add potatoes and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Whisk in flour and stir constantly over low heat until the flour is cooked and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add chicken stock and half of the bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Over medium-high heat, bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Mash some of the potatoes for thicker, creamier texture. Add whipping cream and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Adjust thickness by adding water or stock. Soup should have a creamy consistency.
  6. Season to taste, and garnish with toppings.

Cooks’ notes: Soak diced potatoes in cold water until ready to use to keep them from turning brown. To make bacon easier to chop, lightly freeze.

So you could do exactly like she did only add some puréed veggies to the mix or whatever else you desire:) 

Let me know how yours turns out!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Odd recipes that will change your life!

So these might seem like very weird recipes but I must tell you that my whole family is very picky (including myself) and these are both AMAZING! Not to mention EASY! 

So the first is a new one for me and its kind of a "sneaky chef" kind of recipe! I NEVER thought I'd put VEGETABLES in my hot cocoa but guess what! I did! And it was awesome! Lets just say both my girls wanted a second cup too! Ya! 
So I got this recipe from this book:

And here is the "secret" recipe:

So guess what I did for the sweetpotato  puree!? I used BABY FOOD:) (Shocking pause here) Yep! After all, Sweet Potato baby food is just puréed veggies! And I used pumpkin spice and ya, lets just say it tasted like chocolate chip pumpkin spice cookies in liquid form. If you can imagine that. :)

So here's another mind blower some of you may have heard about.

It's just 3 ingredients:
1 jar/bottle of chili sauce
1 jar of purple grape jelly (small one)
1 bag of frozen meatballs

Throw all in a pot on the stove until soft or for Sundays throw in the crock pot on low for 2-3 hrs:) 
These might look nasty but they are a mouthful of goodness!
I guess you could be sneaky by adding some puréed veggies to this recipe as well! If you try it tell me what you think!

So has your mind been blow yet!? It should have! I'll be posting some more yummy stuff soon! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Silhouette Money Saver

I thought I'd share a few tips, tricks& how to's about how to use your Silhouette Cameo! You can save a LOT by making your own stencils, fabric appliqués, cards, vinyl quotes, etc. 

Here are a few basics to start with-
Silhouette Blog:

Free Shape of the Week (main silhouette website)

From there u can find the shape of the week, go to the online digital download store, get ideas& see new items!
Want to save a LOT of money on dingbats, fonts& shapes? 

How to find shapes (otherwise known as dingbats), fonts &SVG files for free:
You can simply search google by using key words like :
Free SVG files
Free Dingbats
Free Fonts
You can also search Pinterest
(Here's my Silhouette Cameo Board you can follow: 

You can also find free ones at the following websires&blogs:
SVG Files:

Using SVG files with your Silhouette:

Here are some other great resources for saving money!
This one talks about the Cricut machine but I found some of the tips& tricks applied to my silhouette as well:

Here's a whole list of tutorials for your Silhouette:

Here's how to cut fabric. It uses the Cricut but the process is the same. 

Here's the same process for the Silhouette:
Here's a YouTube video as well:

Keep in mind YouTube is also a great resource to search how to videos on how to do just about anything on your silhouette. I know the Silhouette website has videos too.

Here's how to cut vinyl with your Silhouette:
Blog Tutorials:
Without mat-

Extra large vinyl cuts-
With Silhouette vinyl kit-

Again just search and ye shall find!:)

How to make a stencil with your silhouette:
I've seen several ways to do this. 
You can either cut out your stencil using card 
stock or one time use ones by cutting out vinyl. Or 
you can use clear binder covers. 
The binder covers will keep their shape and 
last a little longer. It's also better for those big projects
that require you to tape up your stencil.

Here is a tutorial here on making the binder cover ones:
HOW TO TRACE AND IMAGE/FILE and SAVE IT as an SVG or whatever you want! I haven't tried putting the file onto the Silhouette software yet, but I'm assuming it would work! 
Just go to:
This is the easiest, best program I've found for doing this and to make your own Subway art, flyers, business cards, fb banners, blog headers, etc! It's simply amazing and super simple! It's exactly how I wish all my other programs worked! You can go to the learn tab on their site and see how to do everything. Here's a video as well:)
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coffee Filter Flowers

We had a huge package of coffee filters for some reason? We don't even drink coffee so it must have been for some craft or something. Anyway, my daughters love to play with them for some reason so I thought we could actually make something with them instead of just having them making a mess all over the house. 
Alli actually first said,"Look mom i made a flower." And sure enough she had! That's what made me think of the old craft of making coffee filter flowers! I looked up on Pinterest how to dye them but I had already figured it out before I looked so I didn't really use a particular pin/post. 

It's very simple:
What you'll need-
•Large coffee filters
•Food coloring
•Cookie Sheet to let flowers dry on
You can also choose to use floral tape and stems to make them look real but we didn't. 

Fill a bowl about half way full (or less it doesn't take much)
Drop in food coloring according to the egg dying instructions. Or just eyeball it! Get out cookie sheet and set everything aside. You can do this after making the flowers too makes no difference. :)
To make the flowers you just:
1. Fold filter in half
2. Roll filter loosely until it forms a flower
3. Twist the end (towards the flap/opening to make them fuller)
Then to dye them just dip the very tips of the flowers in the dye/water solution and tip up to allow dye to seep down to stem and on "peddles". You can also use a spoon and drip it on the flowers. If your child dips the whole thing don't worry it will just take longer to dry. You can squeeze some of the excess out to help as well. Then just set them on the tray, foil, plate or whatever you're using for them to dry on. Metal is best so it doesn't stain though. 
Anyway, just dip and let dry. If you can, put them on the tray upside down so the dye drips to the tips of the peddles. It took all night for ours to dry but my daughter soaked hers. Once they dry you can add stems or do whatever you want!
We had a green bowl, a red bowl& a purple bowl. The purple had alot of blue so it made a cool tie dye affect. The red makes a pink flower unless u have a LOT of red food coloring! And we dipped some in both purple& green mixtures to add even more color. I think they turned out GREAT!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Frozen Chicken Genius

We are all about saving a buck at our place! Which means we wait until meat is at it's lowest and then stock up! We recently stocked up on Chicken Breasts. We usually buy from the butcher counter because its not only fresher but it is usually cheaper than the frozen or pre packaged kind. You can get it wrapped in whatever weight increment you want but my husband has come up with a GENIUS idea to make freezing, storing& thawing a LOT easier! It's so genius I had to share! 
It's simple:
Wrap each piece of chicken in plastic wrap (we used a high quality restaurant plastic wrap from Sam's Club but not sure if it has to be the high temp/low temp tolerant kind or not? try and see!) then layer into a gallon bag! 
We butterfly and cut off the fat before doing this, but you don't have to. This process also makes portioning into 10 different bags a thing of the past! And it saves $ on gallon bags because you can throw them all into one bag and then just pop however many you need out of the bag! And sense they're individually wrapped I don't see why you couldn't reuse the gallon bag too saving even more $!
The plastic wrap also seems to keep the chicken fresher and doesn't get freezer burn as easily. Win all around! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

End Unit Townhouse for Rent in Rexburg

Beautiful end-unit townhouse with plenty of windows. Two bedroom and den/guest room, 2 1/2 bath, all appliances included.  We will pay water/sewer/trash (dumpster on premises). Renter pays all other utilities. Rent is $850/month. 
Lots of windows, open spaces, skylights, new blinds, gas fireplace, tile flooring in entry, kitchen & bathrooms, washer& dryer in unit, 2 pantries, lots of closets including walk-in closet in Master and storage space, back patio off Master bedroom, low maintenance side yard, very clean& well taken care of.Two car garage for two small cars or one large. Close to BYU-I campus, shopping, etc. Best unit in the complex at Autumn Arbor 44 South 2nd East, Rexburg. Rental applications call/text 208-821-8617 to look at townhouse.

Available Asap.6 mon-1 year lease. first month's rent ($850), last months rent ($850) plus a $200 cleaning deposit required at signing.
No Smoking, No Pets. Community Housing Only!

Update: Whole house has been cleaned up and out from top to bottom (including carpets) sense pictures were taken! 

 master bedroom

 Master Bathroom

 Upstairs closet

Side Yard& Back Patio

Garage and Front Entry

Living Room


Master Bedroom

Master Closet

Master Bath

Upstairs Bedroom #1 (Shown with queen bed in it)

Bedroom #1 Closet

Upstairs Landing

Upstairs Room/Office (No Closet)

Upstairs Bathroom

1/2 Bath off of Living Room